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‘I am not separating myself from the NRA’: Sen. Joni Ernst responds to questions about March for Our Lives

Sen. Joni Ernst reaffirmed her support for the NRA on a CBS news program on Sunday, while claiming she is not beholden to the NRA for the almost record-setting amount of money it has spent supporting her since 2014. […]

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Iowans disapprove of Trump, but Iowa Republicans in Congress keep voting for his policies

A majority of Iowans disapproved of President Trump’s actions during his first year in office, according to a new analysis by Gallup. But that didn’t stop any of the Republicans who represent the state in Congress from voting with Trump more than 90 percent of the time. […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst unintentionally makes Iowans laugh by claiming Trump is a well-respected world leader

Laughter isn’t something that’s usually heard at Sen. Joni Ernst’s town hall meetings, but Ernst’s attempt to portray Donald Trump as a respected international leader caused the audience to burst into laughter at the senator’s town hall in Red Oak on Sunday. […]

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Seeing red and getting called ‘unhinged’: Iowa politics in 2017

Republican took full control of state government in Iowa in 2017, and moved quickly to enact an intensely ideological agenda, making major changes that reduced women’s access to health care, reduced union bargaining rights, expanded access to guns and decreased support for public education. But it was liberals Gov. Kim Reynolds called “unhinged,” at her first campaign fundraiser. Public statements by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst called in question how well-hinged Iowa’s two U.S. Senators are. Meanwhile in the Iowa State Senate, Senate Majority Leader Bill tried to convince the public there’s no problem with sexual harassment in the Republican caucus (a jury disagreed). The Democratic state Senate caucus, on the other hand, made news by replacing Cedar Rapids Sen. Rob Hogg as its leader, even though Hogg had held the position for less than a year. […]

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Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst help kill a rule protecting consumers from predatory banks and credit card companies

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted this week to kill a regulation that was widely considered to be a landmark piece of consumer protection. The regulation was created in July by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to stop banks, credit card companies and… […]

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Sens. Grassley and Ernst won’t say where they stand on a health care bill that would have a massive impact on Iowans

The latest Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — the Graham-Cassidy bill — would remove protections for people with preexisting conditions, create new restrictions on women’s health care and reduce subsidies for individuals buying their own insurance. […]

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